Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

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IBU's: 20

Added by kbub6f on 06-01-1998

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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque gold with a slightly yellow-white cap, very tight and creamy. The nose is dominated by orange peel and coriander, and the taste is also marvelously spicy, with great juicy fruit flavors as well--orange, apricot, lemon. Love the Belgian yeast, which provides some good mustiness and sour flavor. The flavor is nearly perfect for my palate, and I liked the light mouthfeel with little alcohol taste--I zipped through a glass and had another.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite two styles of beer are IPA and Belgian. I poured a bottle in a tulip.

A - Nice clean golden colour. Light head and lacing. More lacing than head. Looks like a nice refreshing beer, one to be drunk on a summer day.

S - Not over powering on the nose, but the first smell is the yeast, combined with a banana-esk smell. Slight fruitty notes come through, but mostly yeast and banana.

T - Clean refreshing taste. Taste like it smells. Yeast, banana and fruit. Almost no hop taste. For a 7.6% I almost taste no alchool. I could drink this at anytime of the year, but it makes a great spring or summer ale that is better tasting and more balanced than most spring and summer ales.

M - High carbonated and light mouthfeel. It only comes in a 4 pack but I could easily drink a 6 pack.

O - Great belgian golden ale. One of the best american belgian style ales around. I first had one on tap and everyone at the tap ordered one and loved it. I prefer the strong belgian ales but if I am gonna order a golden ale I am ordering this one.

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, grapefruit yellow hue with a thin but consistent and beautiful head--huge at first; fantastic lacing

S: Tart fruits--apples, lemons--, slightly acidic and vinegary; some grains underneath

T: Dry fruits up front: apricot, lemon, apples followed by a subtle grassy and grainy finish; dry slightly acidic and tart, tasty

F: Fairly creamy from the yeast with subtle carbonation

O: A dry fruity take on a wonderful style--I like it, Northcoast

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3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It smells and appears really nice. Fruit sweet yeast. But the taste is a little too strong in that department. It was not balanced enough for my taste. Still tasty however.

The appearance is and smell are quite pleasant. Typical belgian pale characteristics. I guess I was expecting a little more wheat or malt to balance the yeast.

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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Aero Club in San Diego. Big amber beer in the pint glass.

Such a distinctive rich flavor-- buterscotch and chardonnay. Long nose of-- Twinkies? Biscuity malt flavors. Sweet but nicely balanced by the Belgian flavors. A grapey taste along with a fine, mellow yeastiness. Light bodied and totally drinkable. Just strong enough to give a little bite without getting into the sipping-only category. Just enough carbonation. While it's not a seriously Belgian style beer it is extremely clean and well made. I had only tried the bottled version and was surprised at how good it is on tap.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,430 ratings